Japan can be a complicated place to see. But if you’re on the lookout for one of the free tour guides in Osaka, check out the people we found!
Free Tour Guides in Osaka : Foreigner Guides Net Osaka
“We will help you enjoy your tour to scenic view point, historical sites and/or hi-tech factories, institutions, folk-art workshops etc. in Kansai area.”
Foreigner Guides Net Osaka offers free tours in English, Chinese and other languages throughout Osaka and other areas in Kansai. Foreigner Guides Net Osaka is registered as a Systemized Goodwill Guide of Japan’s National Tourism Organization. In addition, the volunteers might be able to help you to get access to a specific industry or a company. Be sure to make reservations at least 2 weeks before your tour date.
Visit Kansai offers not only free tour guides in Osaka, but other areas at Kansai as well. There’s more than just historical sites and shrines to see there. You can easily choose the tour guide that suits your needs best since all the tour guides’ profiles and availability are listed on their website. In addition check out their website for some tips and advices to help you travel. Feel free to reviews written by tourists that visited Kansai and used their free service guide. Here are their recommended sightseeing and to do/eat locations to help you plan your tour. Don’t forget to check out the seasonal events and add those to your trip when you’re there!
Osaka Systemized Good-will Guides Club (OSGG)
“More than just enjoyable, we are most impressed by your careful planning of our day so that we optimized our time.”
“Your warmth and cheerful personality really made a positive difference in our trip.”
Founded in 1982, OSGG was one of the very first good-will guides club in the world. Their free tour guide services are generally in English. Furthermore there are a few volunteers can speak Spanish, French and German and sometimes they can offer tours for these languages. You should make reservations at least 2 weeks before your desired tour date.
Osaka Tenma Yomiuri SGG Club
Osaka Tenma Yomiuri SGG Club provides free tour guide in Osaka. They also offer translation services in the Kansai area. There are volunteer guides than can speak French, Chinese and Korean. Their services are available up until 6pm everyday. You can make reservations online, by phone or fax.
Osaka Free Guide
“Meet local, experience local.”
Established in 2013, volunteers from the Osaka Free Guide are happy to accompany you during your trip. The volunteers are Osaka locals. Knowing Osaka well, they are more than welcome to guide you for free around the city. You can make bookings here. Discover more about their tours and Osaka itself on their Facebook page.
Extra tip: if you’re going to Osaka on a short break from Tokyo and you’re looking to save as much money as possible, take Willer Express. They started of as a highway bus company that has English language services but are now offering hotel and flight reservations. You can get cheaper fares, especially if booked in advance.